pugnacious

[ puhg-ney-shuhs ]
/ pʌgˈneɪ ʃəs /

adjective

inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.

Nearby words

  1. pugilist,
  2. pugin,
  3. pugin, augustus charles,
  4. puglia,
  5. pugmark,
  6. pugnaciously,
  7. pugnacity,
  8. pugree,
  9. pugwash conferences,
  10. puh-leeze

Origin of pugnacious

1635–45; pugnaci(ty) (< Latin pugnācitās combativeness, equivalent to pugnāci-, stem of pugnāx combative (akin to pugil; see pugilism) + -tās -ty2) + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for pugnacity

pugnacious

/ (pʌɡˈneɪʃəs) /

adjective

readily disposed to fight; belligerent
Derived Formspugnaciously, adverbpugnacity (pʌɡˈnæsɪtɪ) or pugnaciousness, noun

Word Origin for pugnacious

C17: from Latin pugnāx

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